Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: North Carolina
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The booklet charts are great. They are small enough to handle easily at the helm. If you single hand in areas somewhat restricted by traffic or hazards, you really can't afford to go below to work with a large chart at the navigation desk. In my view, the booklet charts are a lot cheaper to replace than a ful size chart. A couple of suggestions: put each page in a clear vinyl sheet protector and slide the paper in from the bottom. That will limit water access to the paper from rain or splash. Second, keep two books. A big one for all the booklet charts you have on board down below where it is dry. A second one, or clip board to which you attach only the charts that you will be using at the helm...take care to make sure you have at least one with the scale and compass rose on it (all pages of a given chart are to the same scale and orientation so you can measure bearing and distance on one page and transfer it to a second page of the same chart using the long. and lat. grid lines for alignment). With a single arm protractor and handheld bearing compass, you can even get a position fix. Use "post it" sticky arrows to stick on the sheet protector to mark your position since they are difficult to write on. Similarily, you can use chart to plot GPS position fixes also. Now if you get charts in cockpit wet, you have only a few pages to replace. For my boat, I made a small plexiglas board with notebook rings on the edges so I can add or remove pages as needed. I used plastic tiller clips fastened to the bottom of the plexiglas and can snap the plexiglas board to the binnacle guard so that I have a ready reference at all times. Even if you have a fancy, expensive electronic chart plotter, I believe the booklet charts will be useful to get a quick overview of the situation without switching back and forth on plotter scale screens (I've read numerous times of people relying too much on the plotter display which, depending on the scale of the screen being used, does not always show the hazards in your path. I read of one case where the plotter would have put the boat 400 ft. ashore when it indicated safe water. Not dissing chartplotters...I wish I had one, but a handy, dandy paper reference in the cockpit is.......well handy, dandy.
Last edited by NCC320; 03-16-2011 at 09:32 AM.